Nostalgia Highway

'Classic Engines, Modern Fuel' is a problem-solving book for old car owners

(April 15, 2020) Paul Ireland has compiled a collection of popular articles previously published by the author in assorted car magazines based on in-depth research carried out at Manchester University. The articles investigate how classic engines respond to modern gasoline, and the results are presented in a new book "Classic Engines, Modern Fuel," in a way that any enthusiast can understand.

An automotive legend — Bugatti Type 41 La Royale


Bugatti Royale Roadster

(April 10, 2020) MOLSHEIM, France — With the Type 41 Royale, in 1926, Bugatti presented the strongest, largest and most luxurious automobile in the world, characterized by unimaginable power and opulent equipment. For Ettore Bugatti, the Royale was the culmination of his creation. A vehicle that knew no competitors in terms of performance, quality and image. A vehicle for emperors, kings and queens. Simply put, “Royale” — the royal.

U.S. troops liberated Volkswagen plant 75 years ago


U.S. troops at Wolsburg railway station in April 1945 with Volkswagen power plant in background

(April 6, 2020) WOLFSBURG, Germany  — 75 years ago, on April 11, 1945, US troops liberated the Volkswagen plant and the city then known as “Stadt des KdF-Wagens” which was later named Wolfsburg to the south of Mittellandkanal. At the Volkswagen plant, about 7,700 forced laborers were freed. Over the eight weeks that followed, the Americans made groundbreaking decisions for the future of the people, the city and the plant. The brief but marked intermezzo of US military rule laid the foundations for democracy, freedom and reconstruction in the region.

120-year anniversary of a name — Mercedes, the girl and the brand

(April 3, 2020) 120 years ago, the name of an 11-year-old girl became the epitome of cars and the first luxury car brand in the world. On April 2, 1900, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft decided to call its automobiles Mercédès, after the daughter of Emil Jellinek. The Austrian businessman, who lived in Nice, traded in Daimler vehicles and registered them for racing events.

A son's 38-year quest to find and restore his father's 1967 VW Type 3


Lynn Pfenning and his father, Marvin Pfenning, in front of the 1967 Type 3 Fastback in 2018

(March 20, 2020) Lynn Pfenning spent 38 years chasing down his father’s beloved 1967 Volkswagen Type 3 fastback and four years restoring it to its original glory. The cousin of the Volkswagen Beetle was a major touchstone of Pfenning’s childhood. His father purchased the Brunswick Blue Type 3 fastback for $2,200 in 1967 after totaling his 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

Chevrolet film demonstrates safety of new Corvair in 1960

(March 16, 2020) When Chevrolet introduced the rear-engine Corvair for the 1960 model year, General Motors also began a campaign to convince skeptical new car buyers that it was a safe vehicle. This film was produced to demonstrate the economy car’s handling, braking, reliability, structural strength. Chevrolet tagged it “the compact car that people could count on.”

Mecum reveals the Ken Miles Shelby GT350R Model in May auction


Ken Miles' Shelby Mustang 5R002

(March 12, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — The awe-inspiring collection of John Atzbach — highlighted most notably by the first 1965 Shelby GT350R Competition Model built, known as the “Flying Mustang” — was announced today by Mecum Auctions as an offering that will serve as the headlining main attraction of Dana Mecum’s 33rd Original Spring Classic, to be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis this May 12-17.

Auction starts March 19 for rare 1979 Volkswagen GTI 1.6 Mk 1

(Mach 10, 2020) LONDON, England — A rare 1979 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.6 Mk1 Series 1 in museum quality condition will go under the hammer with leading online classic car auction house, The Market. The very early UK, right hand drive, 4-speed has covered less than 17,000 miles from new in the hands of only three registered owners, making it possibly the best preserved, most original and most well-known Golf GTI Mk 1 on the planet.

Barrett-Jackson heads to Florida with some desirable convertibles


1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible

(March 5, 2020) PALM BEACH, Fla. —  Barrett-Jackson heads to the Sunshine State with a docket of unique and desirable convertibles during the 18th Annual Palm Beach Auction April 16-14 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among some of the noteworthy drop-tops crossing the block in the Orange State is a stunning Larkspur Harbor Blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible. The nut-and-bolt restored Bel Air is powered by a 283ci Power Pack V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust.

Hagerty's DriveShare taking entries for Highway 1 Dream Drive

(March 1, 2020) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Licensed drivers who share their vision of a "Dream Drive" will be eligible to win a four-day, three-night road trip down California's famed Highway 1 in a Daytona Coupe by Factory Five, courtesy of DriveShare by Hagerty.

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